An operations complex located on the Fort Campbell military installation was recently dedicated in honor of a former legionnaire.
Officials with the 5th Special Forces group, recently held a ceremony to dedicate their operations complex in honor of retired army Colonel Robert Howard.
Military officials say Howard served 36 years on active duty in the U.S. Army and during his career he participated in two movies, the longest day and the green berets, both featuring John Wayne. He died in 2009 from pancreatic cancer.
Howard is the most decorated soldier to have served in the Vietnam War and was nominated for the Medal of Honor on three separate occasions for three separate acts over the span of 13 months; ultimately receiving the award at the White House from President Richard M. Nixon in 1971.
In addition to the Medal of Honor, Howard was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second highest award for valor, the Silver Star, the third highest award, and eight Purple Hearts.
The dedication plaque, hangs immediately outside the entrance to Howard Hall.